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Pancake day

A flippin’ good week

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The thing about making pancake jokes is that they often fall flat! Fortunately the children didn’t have to listen to lots of crêpe jokes when we celebrated pancake day a week early due to it falling during half term. They came dressed in an assortment of fantastic costumes which set the tone for a fun

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Tiger girl

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

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Our theme on stories old and new continued this week with the children looking stories about animals. From the Highway Rat to the Tiger Who Came To Tea, the children loved sharing their favourite stories with their friends and they tried on different costumes to act the stories out. The animal stories continued with Mrs

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Three little pigs

Little pig

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They say one man’s trash is another mans treasure which was the case this week with some very large boxes I had left over from a recent Ikea delivery.  Very soon the children were busy decorating them to become houses made from straw, sticks and bricks. Once the paint and glue had dried they were brought

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Nursery reading

Once upon a time

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We jumped into the Spring term with a new theme based on stories old and new.  In our assembly this week the children have been performing the story of the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ by reciting lines and singing songs.  It is clear that they have caught the acting bug following on from the success of

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Snowman nursery

Let it snow

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The weather outside was frightful, but for the children it was clearly delightful, on Monday there was no other place to go but Mount Carmel to enjoy the snow! Despite news of multiple school closures in the area we were busy on Sunday afternoon clearing snow in the car park ready for the children to

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The Greatest Show on Earth

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The Mount Carmel Nativity has marked the start of the Christmas period for the past 32 years and each year the children sing louder and act more confidently than the last.  This year was no different and on Monday our preschool children performed their Nativity to an audience of proud parents, grandparents, friends and family. 

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Santa snow

Feeling festive

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The icy frost in the mornings set the scene this week as the nursery was transformed into a winter wonderland by our Christmas elves.  The children were memorised by the decorations and it has been lovely to see their reactions when arriving to nursery.  Christmas is such a special time at the nursery and we

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Night sky

Oh Starry Night

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With the days growing shorter and the sun setting earlier it has been a perfect opportunity for us to talk about the night time. In the art room the preschool children drew pictures of things they see at night including fireworks, spaceships and owls. The younger children made night-time paintings by printing moons and stars onto

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Leaves

Autumn Leaves

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Autumn has well and truly arrived and as the temperature dropped so to did the leaves on our giant beech tree in the garden.   The children mucked in to sweep up the leaves, collect them in wheelbarrows and piling them into houses for hedgehogs.  Not surprisingly their hard work was quickly undone when they

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Chicken children

Barking mad

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What a barking mad week we had when the children were visited by lots of different animals.  At the beginning of the week the children met Romeo the Cockapoo, Dot the dog and Bramble the retired racing greyhound.  Mrs Beechey brought in her cat Jasper who was treated to cooked chicken for being well behaved

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juice

Double whammy

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This week’s blog is a double whammy covering all the exciting things the children have done over the past two weeks.  Last week our theme was senses and each day we focused on a different sense. Taste buds were tingled on Tuesday during the children’s cooking session when they got to use a juicing machine

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Skeleton

A bone to pick

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This week was all about bodies and the children were excited to meet Bob, our very own life sized skeleton! In the Artroom the children made pictures by piecing together the different parts of a body, although some of the skeletons looked as though they had fallen down the stairs! The children loved using a light box

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Slime

Sensory overload

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This week the children have been exploring feelings, relating to both emotions and how things physically feel.  In our circle time sessions they used flash cards which showed different children’s faces and they had to describe what they thought these children were feeling. In the art room they then had to draw a picture of

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Painting nursery

Art attack

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Our hopes for an Indian Summer were washed away this week with lashings of wind and rain. Fortunately this didn’t dampen the children’s spirits and provided them with spectacular rainbows and decorated the garden with leaves, twigs and branches for them to collect in their wheelbarrows. The preschool children set off on their first country

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Back to school

Back to school

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Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday we were saying farewell to our preschool children and looking forward to a long break.  Whilst August may have been a bit of a wash out the British weather was not enough to put a stop to the fun at our summer holiday club.  The

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Mary's meals backpack appeal

Over and out!

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It’s been an emotional week saying goodbye to our preschool children as they leave us to go on to school. Many of the children have been with us for over two years and we have watched them flourish and grow into confident and capable children, looking forward to their school days ahead.  Check out our

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Graduation nursery

One more step

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It was a proud moment as we watched fifty Mount Carmel graduates climb the steps to the future and receive their certificates.  Rain drops masked parents tears as they celebrated their children’s achievements and enjoyed listening to the children’s farewell songs.  The graduation ceremonies are bittersweet moments for all of us as it marks the

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Nursery maths

Wow moments!

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As we approach the end of the academic year it is a time to reflect on the journey that all of the children have made with us.  Our sports day on Monday was a perfect illustration of how the preschoolers have developed, not only physically but also in terms of their emotional maturity.  We witnessed

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Sweet shop

Sweet treats

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The children couldn’t believe their luck this week when they discovered that Miss Natalie had set up a sweet shop in the classroom. They had to choose from a range of sweets, read the price and then count out the correct amount of pennies to pay Miss Natalie. As an experiment we included three Kinder

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Watering hole

Going places

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The children travelled around the globe this week when we had two parents do a talk in assembly about the place that they grew up in. On Monday the children learnt all about Australia and were taught a nursery rhyme called “Home among the gumtree”.  They were treated to some Australian fairy bread which is

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Making waves

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The glorious sunshine this week had many of us dreaming about long days beside by the seaside.  This inspired our new Summer board in the art room which features a beach scene complete with holiday makers in a variety of different swimming costumes.  The children enjoyed decorating the beach with real sand, making waves with

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The Butterfly Effect

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Some of the most magical moments that children experience are provided by nature. This week the children got to witness the metamorphosis of our caterpillars into butterflies. For the past few weeks we have observed them grow from tiny insects and watched them as they created their chrysalises. By the end of the week the

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Garden sun

Summer Sun

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The sun was shining and the weather was sweet, marking a beautiful end to this half term.  The children enjoyed playing outside and many flocked to the water play to keep themselves cool.  It’s a good time to remind parents to leave a sunhat in your child’s bag and apply suncream before the session if

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Origami boat

Making a splash

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As our theme on transport draws to an end we turned to the sea to talk about vehicles that float.  On Tuesday we experienced the hottest day of the 2017 and the younger children took to the outdoor water play to keep cool and experiment with things that sink and float.  On Wednesday, however, we

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Motorbike nursery

Born to be wild

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, no one can deny that motorbikes are the coolest machines on the road.  This week the children were treated to a visit by an iconic Japanese supersport motorbike, they learned about it’s controls and tried on some of the protective clothing bikers wear to keep them safe.  Some of the

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Ferrari Fever!

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When a child asked me if he could bring in his “horsey car” for show and tell I was imagining something with four legs pulling a carriage.  The children were in for a treat when it turned out that he meant his Dad’s Ferrari! They loved the loud engine and convertible roof and many remarked

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Junk modelling

One Man’s Trash

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They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Your recycled rubbish was worth its weight in gold this week and put to good use by the children during the junk modelling sessions. Their imaginations were let loose and the art room was soon filled with magical fairy castles, hulk fists and flying houses.

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Fast and Furious

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They say time flies when you’re having fun and that certainly seems to be the case this academic year.  The Summer term is here and for some children it marks the final term before they leave us to take the next step in their school journey.  This week they found out which primary schools they

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Hot cross buns

One a penny, two a penny

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This week was the last week of term and many of the children were excited about the upcoming Easter break. To their great delight the Easter Bunny made a surprise visit on Thursday and was chased around the garden until she handed over some chocolate eggs. Some of the children were convinced it was “just

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Mother’s Day Surprise

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There was love in the air this week in the run up to Mother’s Day.  The children were all enthusiastic to create hand made cards to surprise their Mummy’s and it is great to see how many of the preschool children could write their names independently.  Many children talked about where they would hide their

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